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Londons driving forces physics teaching pack

This unit looks at how forces and energy play a major role in London’ s transport network.

Students use modern information systems to measure average speeds for journeys around the capital. They investigate forces acting on vehicles and the energy used to make vehicles move, with a focus on how energy...

How fast is London

Students use data from different websites to calculate the average speeds for various types of transport and represent these in graphic form to be able to see the relationship between the equation for speed and the slope of a distance time graph. They will begin to discover the concept of relative motion between...

Stop starting London

This lesson uses the context of traffic jams in London to consider the forces acting on vehicles and passengers.

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  • Students must be able to describe the nature of the forces acting on vehicles when they are speeding up, travelling at a constant speed and decelerating.
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Keeping London moving

Where does the energy come from to keep London moving? In this lesson, students represent simple energy transfers (Sankey Diagrams) relating to change in motion for different modes of transport and different types of fuel in London.

Using examples from London’s transport, students explain how an increase in...

Travelling safely in London

Students investigate factors which affect safety when riding a bicycle, particularly when riding on roads along with other traffic. Ideas about safe speed limits and road surfaces are investigated to highlight the importance of safety on London’s roads for all its users.

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Transporting London to the future

London relies on continual innovation in transportation as its population and increases. New technologies are necessary to improve the travelling experience for Londoners in terms of speed, safety and reduced negative environmental impact. Students will design their London transportation of the future utilising...

Explore - London's transport visit activities

London has evolved into one of the world’s great cities. As more people are attracted to London it is important that its infrastructure develops to cater for its change in size as well as getting its population to think about issues relating to sustainability when they make local journeys.

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Force of the river physics teaching pack

The Thames is a working river, providing transport, trade and of course water to London but also presenting significant engineering challenges, such as defence of the city from flooding. This unit covers the topics of pressure in liquids and gases and simple machines from the key stage 3 science curriculum and uses...

Taming the river

In this lesson, students look at an event from the history of London floods to set a context for the science knowledge and understanding.  They undertake an initial measurement and calculation of the mass of water and how this scales up to appreciate the ‘heaviness’ of water.

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Water pressure at work in London

In this lesson students look at the related concepts of pressure and force (pressure = Force/ Area), units used, measurement and how a large force can result from pressure acting over a given area. They will move from calculating the weight (under gravity) of a column of water or air to the pressure of this as...

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